Health & Medicine

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Personalized Gene Tests Are Bogus? Of Course They Are

July 23, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine authors a piece on genetic testing.

Article Source: MSNBC

S'pore Hosts Bioethics Meet

July 26, 2010

President Amy Gutmann will attend the Global Summit of National Bioethics Advisory Bodies in Singapore.

Article Source: Strait Times (Singapore)
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Media Contact:Jordan Reese | jreese@upenn.edu | 215-573-6604July 26, 2010

Collaboration Solves Structure of Herpes Virus Protein, Provides New Drug Directions

PHILADELPHIA  -– The mechanism by which a herpes virus invades cells has remained a mystery to scientists, but now research from Tufts University and the University of Pennsylvania reveals the unusual structure of a key member of the protein complex that allows a herpes virus to invade cells.

The new map details an essential piece of the herpes virus “cell-entry machinery,” providing scientists with a new target for antiviral drugs.

Entuziasm şi Temeri la Crearea Celulei Synthia

July 23, 2010

Arthur Caplan of the School of Medicine debates synthetic life’s societal implications.

Article Source: Ziarul Lumina (Romania)

Kidney Disease Is Parasite-Slaying Protein's Downside

July 16, 2010

Sarah Tishkoff of the School of Medicine and the School of Arts and Sciences discusses “Jekyll-and-Hyde genetic variations."

Article Source: Science

Mirror, Mirror: Putting More Protection in Sunscreen

July 21, 2010

William James of the School of Medicine discusses sunscreen’s effectiveness.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

Taking an Alternative Path in Fighting the Disease

July 16, 2010

John Trojanowski and Virginia Lee of the School of Medicine are cited for their innovative Alzheimer’s research.

Article Source: New York Times

Sleep? Too Busy in Bed

July 16, 2010

James Findley and Philip Gerhman of the School of Medicine and Penn Sleep Center say the brain associates one’s bed with sleep.

Article Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Media Contact:Julie S. McWilliams | juliemcw@upenn.edu | 215-898-1422 July 19, 2010

Federal Grant Will Enable Netter Center’s Nutrition Program to Expand Service to More High School Students

PHILADELPHIA -- The Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative, a program of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania, can now expand its mission, thanks to a $900,000 federal grant.

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Penn Researchers Discover New Role for Master Regulator in Cell Metabolism, Response to Stress

AMP-activated protein kinase, or AMPK, is a master regulator protein of metabolism that is conserved from yeast to humans. When a cell is low on fuel, AMPK shuts down processes that use energy and turns on processes that produce energy.

Biologists have been studying how AMPK works for several decades and know that once it is activated, AMPK turns on a large number of genes by passing the "make more energy" message through numerous signaling cascades in the cell. What was not known, until now, was that AMPK also works via an epigenetic mechanism to slow down or stop cell growth.